Jakarta, ONENEWS.MY.ID —
Manchester United lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the game Premier League at Old Trafford Stadium, Tuesday (4/1) early morning Indonesian time.
The visitors immediately pressed the home defense after the kick off whistle sounded. Wolverhampton who appeared offensively conceded when Man Utd counterattacked in the seventh minute. Luckily for Wolves Jadon Sancho’s late finish was still able to be blocked.
Wolverhampton then had two good chances, but David De Gea also did well. The Spanish goalkeeper blocked Daniel Podence’s shot, which was followed by an action to ward off the ball from Ruben Neves’ kick.
Entering the 19th minute, De Gea again showed toughness under the bar by denying Nelson Semedo’s chances. Six minutes later, Podence’s second chance was thwarted by De Gea.
Man Utd tried to be more active in possession against Wolves’ solid game.
Cristiano Ronaldo almost made a blunder when he headed the ball towards De Gea while there were Wolves players in the Man Utd penalty box. Raul Jimenez, who received Ronaldo’s ‘bait’, was not quick to receive the ball. Wolves chances fly.
Wolverhampton Wanderers tried to dismantle the Man Utd defense from the first minute. (REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE)
Wolves’ offensive game made it difficult for Man Utd, but there were no goals until the first half was over.
Man Utd played more aggressively in the second half. Ralf Rangnick’s men immediately did pressing when the Wolves players had the ball.
Changes in playing style made Man Utd increase the percentage of possession of the ball. But that doesn’t necessarily make the Red Devils endanger the Wolves defense, which is also still generating opportunities.
Man Utd had a golden opportunity in the 67th minute. Bruno Fernandes received a cutback from Nemanja Matic without an escort. Fernandes kick only made the ball hit the bar.
A minute later Ronaldo put the ball into the net, but the score did not change because the Man Utd captain was in an offside position.
After a few more moments of defending, the Wolves launched a counterattack. Matic’s foul on Adama Traore results in a free kick. Romain Saiss’ execution saw the ball hit the bar.
Entering the 82nd minute an attack on the right side of Wolves created by Traore. Crossing Traore was denied by Jones. Jones throws the ball to Joao Moutinho. With one control, Moutinho then fired a shot that changed the numbers on the scoreboard.
Man Utd’s last-minute effort to equalize through Bruno Fernandes’ free shot was blocked by Jose Sa. Wolves won 1-0, and are now in eighth place with 28 points, three points adrift of seventh-placed Man Utd.
Main line-up for Man Utd vs Wolverhampton:
David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho; Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jose Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence